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REAL ESTATE CRISIS FORUM COSTA DEL SOL.

Through no fault of the Junta De Andalucia the new rateable values and multiples to create new fiscal property values are blocking sales on the Costa Del Sol. Changes need to be made urgently.
Unless we move quickly this REAL ESTATE stagnation will c…

ANOTHER MOST WANTED IS CAPTURED IN SPAIN

Crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers can confirm the successful arrest of another of Britain’s most wanted individuals under Operation Captura. [22 December 2010]
Dennis Patrick O’BRIEN (DoB: 28/07/1949) was arrested on Saturday evening (18/12/2010) …

ROAD RAGE DEATH IN SEVILLE

The Homicide Branch of the National Police are investigating a death early Sunday where a young man of 30 years appears to have been killed in an industrial estate on the outskirts of Seville in an act of road rage following a minor altercation.
Accor…

MAN DIES AS VEHICLE FALLS INTO RAVINE

A 52 year old man has died after his vehicle crashed off the road and fell into a ravine just outside the town of Competa Malaga, according to sources of the Andalusia 112 Emergency System and Traffic Management Centre in Malaga.
The incident occurred…

DELPHI PROTESTER INJURED BY RUBBER BULLET

The police, despite being outnumbered, decided to charge the protesters.

Two protesters were injured following a police charge against the former employees of the Delphi plant in Puerto Real. The incident occurred last Tuesday after an egg was thriwn at the police outside the headquarters of the PSOE in Cádiz.

As the demonstrations were taking place in the street, inside the building union representatives and the provincial secretary of the PSOE, Francisco González Cabaña, were meeting with the Department of Employment of the Junta de Andalucía.

At the gates of the headquarters, five members of the National Police were watching close to five hundred former employees who were waiting at the door of the PSOE Headquarters. For the most part the demonstration was a good tempered affair with just a few of the former workers demonstrating their displeasure vocally at PSOE politicians. However one then threw an egg which, although aimed at the police, missed its target impacting on the wall of the building.

The police, despite being outnumbered, decided to charge the protesters. Within minutes, several riot police patrols then appeared in the area which appeared to ignite a battle in the city streets.

While the agents fired rubber bullets the protesters responded by throwing chairs and tables from the terraces of adjacent bars and restaurants. Many people doing their Christmas shopping were caught up in the violence then had to seek shelter to avoid becoming involved in the demonstration.

One of the protesters had to be transferred to the Puerta del Mar University Hospital after being hit by a rubber bullet in one eye. A spokesman for the workers union CCOO, Francisco Cardenas, described the police response as “disproportionate”. It is understood that just one person from among the protester was for throwing stones while several patrol cars had their windows broken.

Cardenas said that the former employees were demonstrating at the inaction of the Government of Andalusia which made a commitment three years ago, when the Delphi factory closedto find alternative employment for all the workers who were laid off.

At present there are still 600 people who have not been found work as promised by the then employment minister, Antonio Fernandez. Neither had the paid re training courses been made available to these former employees.

MEDICAL RECORDS DUMPED

He also noted that the documentation left in piles on the ground, was marked up in folders and boxes clearly identifiable as medical information

A statement from PP deputy and Jaen mayoral candidate, José Enrique Fernández de Moya, reports that patient medical records and health documents were found last week piled on top of each other in the public areas of the Ciudad de Jaén hospital.

The records were clearly visible and available to the public with absolutely no security. Any passerby had access to what are essentially the private notes of hundreds of hospital patients.

Moya said he was disappointed to find among the medical reports “patient data on all types of diseases, family history of patients with their names, addresses, telephone numbers and ID card information.”

He also noted that the documentation left in piles on the ground, was marked up in folders and boxes clearly identifiable as medical information with the logo of SAS printed on the sides of the cartons. “This is a situation which is most unfortunate, as it reports on patients with sensitive data. It is unacceptable that these papers are just lying around available to anyone who might care to show an interest.”

N.I. FAMILIES FALL VICTIM OF SCAM

They dreamed of a holiday home in Estepona, over one hundred families from Northern Ireland. Four years later, their deposits, amounting to over 6 million euros, have all disappeared.
Now, after all their efforts to recover their funds from ‘Br…

61 TIMES MORE ECO-FRIENDLY

61 TIMES MORE ECO-FRIENDLY

During the opening ceremony of the 3rd Conference on Environmentally-Friendly Foods and Gastronomy, the Director-General for Industry and Food Markets of the Ministry of the Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs, Isabel Bombal, highlighted that the number of eco-friendly industries in Spain has grown by a factor of 61 between 1991 and 2009, with 71% of the eco-friendly industrial structure being located in the autonomous regions of Catalonia, Andalusia, the Region of Valencia, the Region of Murcia, Aragon and Castile La Mancha.

Furthermore, Isabel Bombal pointed out that Spain is the leading EU country in terms of land dedicated to Environmentally-Friendly Agriculture (more than 1.6 million hectares).

The Director-General highlighted the commitment made by the Ministry of the Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs to eco-friendly agriculture aimed at sustainability for the rural environment, at the protection of land used for farming and the environment and at enhancing the image, prestige, distinction and defence of numerous high-quality food product ranges that are produced in Spain.

Isabel Bombal indicated that eco-friendly production has now been fully implemented on every continent around the world but that the consumption of eco-friendly food and drink is highly concentrated in a very small number of highly-developed countries. This leads to a clear distinction between producer (or exporter) countries and consumer (or importer) countries.

Isabel Bombal underlined the need to communicate the attributes of environmentally-friendly foods, emphasising what they are, what they provide and avoiding comparative communications with other types of conventional foods. This is the only way it will be possible to define the most appropriate policies and strategies to distinguish these products and, based on that definition, the most suitable comprehensive marketing plans.

The Director-General stressed that marketing strategies aimed at achieving sustained growth in the consumption of eco-friendly food and drink must establish the following “objectives”: the incorporation of conventional consumers, a larger number of conventional buyers of eco-friendly products and a wider range of eco-friendly products purchased.

As regards the development of the domestic eco-friendly food and drink market, Isabel Bombal stated that Spain must seek a balanced and sufficient offer or basket of eco-friendly products, in which the main food and drink items found in the Spanish diet (both meat and vegetables) must be duly present in the correct proportions.

She also said that there is an important flow of exports (50% of industrial turnover is from exports) and the level of internationalisation is quite high (32% of all companies export). Three sectors (Fruit & Vegetables, Oil and Wine) already account for 74% of all exports.

The Director-General for Industry and Food Markets of the Ministry of the Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs pointed out that the HORECA sector (Hotel, Restaurant, Cafe) represents a 2% share of the total domestic market for these products.

Finally, the Director-General highlighted that the promotion strategy being applied to environmentally-friendly food is aimed at developing the domestic market, improving commercialisation structures in the domestic market and increasing the information provided to the public regarding the production method as the main area for promotion. Furthermore, she underlined the importance of accessibility to eco-friendly food by consumers in all distribution channels with an offer that is attractive and sufficiently broad.

PROTECTED BY LAW

PROTECTED BY LAW

President of the Government assures that “the Government will use every tool provided by the Rule of Law to put a stop to situations like the one we saw this weekend”.

In the Lower House of Parliament, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero explained the reasons to declare a State of Alert.

José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero began his speech by summarising the events that led up to the decision. He said that, on Friday at approximately 17:20 hours and in agreement with the Ministry of Public Works, AENA was forced to take the decision to gradually close Spanish air space “due to an inability to provide essential air traffic services following the sudden, en masse and simultaneous walk-out from control towers and airports by the majority of air traffic controllers on duty at the time”.

A few days earlier, air traffic controllers at the airport of Santiago de Compostela had gradually begun to stop going to work after claiming that, in their opinion, they had reached their corresponding annual maximum number of working hours. According to the President of the Government, the expectation that such action would spread to other airports led the Council of Ministers on Friday to approve a provision aimed at removing the limitation of these working hours.

Over the course of Friday afternoon, the continued action by the air traffic controllers led to a series of actions by the Government (gathering of an emergency cabinet at the Ministry of Public Works, meeting with air traffic controller trade union representatives, bringing of criminal actions) that culminated at 22:00 hours with a Decree from the President of the Government temporarily transferring the powers to manage the air traffic control services granted to AENA over to the Ministry of Defence.

José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero recalled that the First Vice-President of the Government, Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, had already warned the air traffic controllers during a public appearance at two o’clock in the morning on Saturday that “the Government could declare a State of Alert with highly significant criminal consequences for those who persisted with their disruptive attitude”.

The President of the Government stated that the obstinate attitude of the air traffic controllers, confirmed with the change of shift at eight o’clock in the morning, led to the calling of an extraordinary Council of Ministers “that approved Royal Decree 1673/2010, of 4 December, whereby a State of Alert was declared in order to return essential public air transport services to normal”.

The President of the Government said that the measures put in place led to a complete return to normal starting with the change of shift at 15:00-16:00 hours on Saturday. The Delegate Commission of the Government for Crisis Situations met at 18:30 hours in order to receive a Report from the First Vice-President of the Government, the Minister for Defence and the Minister for Public Works regarding the resolution of the situation, the proven effectiveness of the measures adopted and the expected development of the situation.

According to the President of the Government, the series of decisions taken by the Government since the start of the conflict was a reflection of the Government’s intention to exhaust all other “possible course of action involving less exceptional measures”. For the same reason “a strictly limited State of Alert was declared, all possible guarantees were given and the steps taken were limited to those absolutely necessary for putting an end to the disruption of the air transport service”.

He went on to say that “the rapid and decisive response from the Government, which made it possible to re-open Spanish air space in less than 24 hours, has been positively valued and assessed by the international media, whereby the negative impact arising from the spread of air traffic chaos caused by the walk-out by air traffic controllers was neutralised or minimised”.

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